6 results for author: Equity First


House Co-Sponsorship Memoranda

Posted: June 1, 2016 03:30 PM From: Representative David Parker and Rep. Thomas R. Caltagirone To: All House members Subject: Basic Education Funding Equity After a year of testimony, the 2014/15 bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission reviewed the distribution of $5.5 Billion in state Basic Education Funding and unanimously reported 180 school districts were underfunded by “approximately $1 billion” annually. This massive underfunding severely impacts over 600,000 schoolchildren, 80,000 educators & staff, millions of taxpayers, real estate values and JOBS. With the Governor’s expected ...

Views on ‘equity’ clash in new PA school funding formula

Read the full story at Keystone Crossroads: http://crossroads.newsworks.org/index.php/keystone-crossroads/latest/item/94111-views-on-equity-clash-in-new-pa-school-funding-formula?l=dt

Basic ed funding bill on its way to the governor

Read the full story at pawork.org: http://www.pawork.org/basic-ed-funding-formula-bill-way-governor-capitolwire/

Pottstown Mayor Endorses Equity First

(Pottstown, PA) – Pottstown Mayor Sharon Thomas today announced her personal endorsement of Equity First, the initiative to fix 25 years of Basic Education underfunding.  The June 2015 Basic Education Funding Commission Report identified 180 school districts underfunded by $937 Million, annually. Pottstown School District is underfunded by $11.9 Million, Annually “If Pottstown School District and the other underfunded districts do not receive additional Basic Education budget allocations,” stated Mayor Thomas, “we will remain severely underfunded for another 25 years, or longer.” “So many taxpayers have suffered, losing their ...

Equity First Hosting Capitol Rotunda Rally

Citizens for Fair School Funding “Support Equity First” Media Contact: Equity First Info@SupportEquityFirst.org | @EquityFirst FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 24, 2016 Equity-First Hosting Capitol Rotunda Rally 11:30 am Thursday April 28th in State Capitol Rotunda Group Wants $300 Million in New Basic Education Funding to go to 180 Underfunded School Districts FIRST   HARRISBURG – The Citizens for Fair School Funding announced they are hosting a Capitol Rotunda Rally at 11:30 am on Thursday, April 28th in the Pennsylvania State Capitol.  Taxpayers, educators, students and supporters are cordially invited to attend. Formed in ...

Stop Crying Wolf

Recently, my colleague from Philadelphia, state Sen. Art Haywood, joined Gov. Tom Wolf in his opinion piece calling for "Restoring Education Cuts First" before applying the new education funding formula unanimously recommended last year by a vote of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding (BEF) Commission – a vote which included three “yes” votes by Gov. Wolf’s own cabinet members. Their motto would be better stated as, "Philadelphia-First." For 12 months, the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission reviewed every aspect of school funding and concluded to a candid world, that the Philadelphia School District was only underfunded by ...